Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Science Workshops: Mini-beasts

CSIRO Workshop: Mini-beasts

One of the Home Ed. moms seamlessly organizes incursions, about once a month throughout the year, to the CSIRO educational workshops.  We love them!  The whole day is an event, as we have to plan ahead, leave home early to catch the train, and then often take our time getting back afterwards.

This week the education officer/friendly scientist presented a workshop called Mini-Beasts. There is a full list  of available workshops  here.

The journey was extra-special, as this was the first time BlueBelle used her own go-card
Definitely worth getting if you are travelling around on public transport.

There were a number of activities set out for the children to work through. I think the activities were very thorough.  From life cycles, food chains, social insects, classifying orders, parasites, pests and beneficial insects, insect anatomy, ideas on how to catch insects, insect sounds and even insect xrays.  

And the facilities are terrific as well - microscopes, digital microscopes, light boxes, specimen and of course insects both models and live.  We were pleased to see our old friends the stick insects  - alive and thriving, unlike the specimens below.

Some entomology and related links you may like:

hands-on life cylces charts:   Dragonfly; Butterfly; Beetle

Of course no day is complete without a butterfly on your nose.

in the garden 
the little girl dances 
behind the butterflies

1 comment:

Kylie said...

One day I'll make it along to one of these :-)